A meta-worst moment for women at Nasdaq’s opening bell

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Moments are coming fast for Metaverse these days, but it’s worth stopping for one of the moments that happened on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in New York last Friday.

I was there to see Metaverse Specialist Cathy Hackl and the Journey team ring the bell for the prey at a Metaverse Celebration Ceremony.



Known as the “Godmother of the Metaverse,” Hackl sold her consulting firm Futures Intelligence Group to Journey, a Metaverse agency that helps brands build things for the digital world. Journey has partnered with Manticore Games to create a Nasdaq experience in the virtual realm of Core. And Nasdaq played Core’s animations while Hackl spoke before the opening bell.

Cathy Hackl is the metaverse lead role on Journey.

Hackl also brought a number of people from Journey together on stage as well as various women from brands aimed at the meta-verse. It was an interesting moment to watch, and CNBC aired the segment for a few minutes, which is quite rare for such an opening bell.

“I’m happy to be here. Today, as hundreds or thousands of people start coming to New York for NFT NYC, I can not help but feel that a renaissance in creativity is upon us and what we are building means more. than ever, Hackl said. “As a co-founder of Journey, I’m not the typical face you see when you think of technology. Therefore, it is important for everyone to know that this future is for all of us. Let us not try to define the meta-verse, but let’s build it and create it together.

Hackl added: “As you know, today we are announcing our metaverse study. We are a group of passionate game developers, futurists, technologists and strategists who have teamed up to help brands navigate the metaverse. I will tell you in the metaverse , we are all world builders and it’s our time to build and now.

Nasdaq and Core metavers.

The bell that rang ahead of this week’s NFT NYC event was made in both the physical world and the metaverse, Hackl noted in his short speech.

Journey is one of many companies creating experiences for some of the world’s largest brands across many platforms, including Roblox, Fortnite Creative, Decentraland, Sandbox, Rec Room, VR Chat, Horizon and more. Journey is led by Andrew Zimmerman, former CEO of Frog Design. Journey’s support includes private equity firm Growth Catalyst Partners.

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Metaverse women on the big screen for the Nasdaq in Times Square.

Zimmerman was present at the time, as was Jordan Edelstein, head of business development at Manticore Games.

The group cheered loudly as the countdown to the bell rang to zero. Everyone had the opportunity to take pictures on stage, including the group of women that Hackl had gathered so far. Hackl signed the document and said she actually rang the opening bell or something. Then they went out to see their faces on the big screen in Times Square.

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A guy takes a selfie on Nasdaq.

All in all, it was a great day for Metaverse and a great opportunity to take the picture above. And for the sake of good order, the women from left to right are in the top picture:

  • Dina Fierro, Vice President, Global Digital Strategy and Innovation at NARS Cosmetics
  • Olivia Reid, strategist at Journey
  • Isidora de Vicente, Chief of Staff for Cathy Hackl
  • Sasha Wallinger, Head of Metaverse and Web3 Strategy at Journey
  • Zoe Soon, Chief Innovation Officer at IAB
  • Cathy Hackl, Chief Metaverse Officer and co-founder of Journey
  • Julie Rodgers Vargas, Vice President and General Manager North America for Avery Dennison
  • Faith Popcorn, futurist and CEO of BrainReserve
  • Sandy Carter, SVP and Channel Manager for Unstoppable Domains
  • Désirée Kaplan, Marketing Director at Journey
  • Alana D. Visconti, Director of Social Media at Nasdaq

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